ExxonMobil fire: Injuries reported after ‘major industrial accident’ at Texas refinery

BAYTOWN, Texas — Injuries have been reported after a fire broke out early Thursday at an ExxonMobil plant in Texas, authorities said.

In a overnight tweet, ExxonMobil Baytown Area tweeted that the blaze began shortly before 1 a.m. CST at the company’s refinery on Decker Drive in Baytown.

“At this time, emergency vehicles and smoke may be noticeable to the community,” the tweet read. “We are coordinating with local officials and working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that “some injuries have been reported” in connection with the “major industrial accident.”

“Information is preliminary at this time: Initial reports indicated some type of explosion occurred inside the plant,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted shortly after 2:30 a.m. CST. “LifeFlight is responding.”

Officials are urging residents to avoid the area.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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